DJ Roc Raida passed away today after being hospitalized earlier this month for a spinal injury. He was one of the founding members of the award winning X-Ecutioners turntablist crew, and was featured in the DJ-ing documentary, Scratch (clip above).

*sigh*
This year (really this summer even) has been filled with startling and sobering losses.

UPDATE: MTV News writes about Roc Raida’s passing, and has a statement from his family. They confirm that Roc died of complications from a spinal injury which he sustained during mixed-martial-arts.

UPDATE 2: DJ Premier and DJ Eclipse are hosting a Roc Raida benefit at APT on Monday, Sept 21. (thanks to Dunny for the tip)

UPDATE 3: Primo sent over the details of Roc Raida’s funeral…

THURSDAY–SEPTEMBER 24,2009
At the Mt Nebo Baptist church, 1883 Adam Clayton Powell JR blvd (114th street)
10am – 12:30pm Viewing
12:30- 3pm service.

more after the jump…

Update: Lord Finesses reminisces about Roc Raida

GrandMaster Roc Raida from Gasface on Vimeo.